Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows

After our rather challenging Helvellyn hike the day before, we decided on a more sedate outing last Sunday. We were really keen to get out and see some of the Autumn colours, have a little wander and try to ease our aches. We didn’t quite manage the latter, but we did get to see some beautiful scenery.

Tarn Hows,  near Coniston, is a popular spot, one might even call it touristy, however I’m not snobby. There’s a reason why places are popular, and it’s usually that they’re worth seeing. If you don’t like sharing your walk I suggest you get there early.


There are paths all around the tarn-or lake- making it an easily accessible walk. It’s also possible to hire an all-terrain mobility scooter, although this needs to be done in advance.

Our leisurely stroll of just under two miles was just what we needed. It was a dull day, but there was still plenty of colour to admire.


We were also lucky enough to meet some of the Belted Galloways who graze the land around Tarn Hows.

There were several more hiding amongst the bracken. I’m not really a fan of cows, but these were very cute!

After our walk we headed back to the car to start our journey home, just hoping that our legs would still work after the long drive.

They didn’t.

Tin Box traveller



  • Cerys Lowe Cerys Lowe November 07, at 12:55

    The colours are just beautiful!

  • M.Barrett M.Barrett November 07, at 18:55

    Nice photos. I always avoid cow fields… they always seem to single me out to be a target. They seem to ignore other walkers.

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker November 09, at 06:58

      Ha! I also don’t like cows as been chased one too many times, however these were very cute-and thankfully very placid 🙂

  • Tanja Tanja November 14, at 08:36

    pretty photos! #mondayescapes

  • Wandermust mummy Wandermust mummy November 14, at 14:42

    Beautiful – I miss fall colours in the Middle East #mondayescapes

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker November 16, at 18:21

      I love seeing the colours of all the different seasons. Wouldn’t say no to a bit more sun though!

  • afamilydayout afamilydayout November 14, at 20:36

    I love the colours in your top photograph, they’re stunning! I’m not a cow fan either, and worryingly I seem to have passed my ‘scared of cows’ gene onto the kids too. #Mondayescapes

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker November 16, at 18:27

      Thanks, it was a nice day and the colours were beautiful. I generally tend to avoid cattle-especially when they have calves-but these were super cute and friendly!

  • Coombe Mill Coombe Mill November 14, at 21:25

    We have some long hairy cows not dissimilar to this our roaming on the moor near us, I must say I never like to get too close but they look very beautiful #mondayescapes

  • Ruth Ruth November 15, at 02:18

    This is the kind of place I will choose for a hike. I can’t get enough of those gorgeous water reflections and the reddish colors. I will not mind getting all achy. #MondayEscapes

  • tinboxtraveller tinboxtraveller November 15, at 16:14

    I visited the Coniston area a couple of times as a kid and remember driving past Tarn Hows but not stopping there. How wonderful it looks with the autumn colours everywhere! Thanks so much for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  • theladybirdsadventures theladybirdsadventures November 16, at 13:55

    We love Tarn hows too. We were there a few weeks back and the cows were on the path then too.

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker November 16, at 18:34

      It was my first time there but really enjoyed it, sure we’ll be back 🙂

  • Trish @ Mum's Gone To Trish @ Mum's Gone To November 20, at 18:02

    We have some Belted Galloways in a field near us in Lincolnshire – I didn’t know what breed they were until now (such a townie!!)

  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought Jess @ Catch A Single Thought November 22, at 14:49

    Your photos are gorgeous! We aren’t too far from Tarn Hows and keep meaning to head over but we never seem to get the chance; I think you have just inspired me to bump it up our list. #MondayEscapes

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker November 23, at 13:35

      It’s a lovely area, there are so many beautiful places around there-you’re very lucky to live there (although I bet it gets busy in the summer!)

  • See Outside See Outside March 15, at 16:17

    Love that first picture!! Such amazing colours! I’m heading up to the Lakes this weekend myself!

  • The autumn colours are stunningly beautiful #adventurecalling@_karendennis

  • Lauren Lauren December 29, at 16:12

    Tarn Hows is a lovely walk. Despite the dull day, you still managed to get some beautiful photos.


  • Zoe Zoe December 29, at 23:41

    What beautiful colours. I agree about the popular spots, there’s got to be something to draw people to it, so why not visit!


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